Around Veteran’s Day, we discussed an interesting new trend in franchising: veteran entrepreneurs. A number of organizations, including VetFran, are offering former soldiers incentives to start their own business. As more and more of these programs emerge, it’s an interesting time to discuss the trend a bit more.
Upon returning from serving their country heroically, many veterans are finding that some business don’t take their applications seriously. Consider Brian Iglesias, who after 13 years in the Marine Corps, decided he wanted to start a career as a filmmaker.
"Not too long ago I was leading over 225 Marines in landslide relief operations in the Philippines," he told Business Week magazine. "I had to beg people to let me intern. Only my friends were willing to give me work."
Iglesias’s story is instructive for all veterans looking to make a start in franchising. Iglesias, who had a metal plate infused into his neck, decided to attend the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities. Today, he owns his own business. So, there are a number of assets out there for veterans who are looking to make start in franchising or as a small business owner but need to have their business skills polished up.
The following programs all offer support for veterans:
Veterans should bookmark the Franchise Direct blog for all the latest news on the opportunities of veterans across the franchising industry.